Research projects

Add2ReliaBlade

The project partners are improving and validating calculation and simulation methods for the testing and design of rotor blades. 
Federal BMWK, 05/2021 - 04/2024

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AGISTIN

The project partners are developing an advanced grid interface using innovative energy stores with a focus on industrial loads to offer new system services, save costs, and reduce the expansion of the grid. 
Horizon Europe, 01/2023 – 12/2026

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AIRE

The project partners are investigating the impact of different climatic conditions on wind farms, turbine components, and the farm design and developing models for resilient solutions. 
Horizon Europe, 01/2023 – 12/2026

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BALTIC

The project partners are developing a new method for calculating the service life of rotor blade bearings which takes into consideration the influence of fatigue damages.
BMWK, 07/2023 – 10/2026

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BLOW

The project partners are developing the design and the industrial manufacturing methods for a floating offshore wind turbine optimized for medium wind speeds.
Horizon Europe, 01/2023 – 12/2027

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Bolt & Beautiful

The project partners are developing methods for reducing the costs of the manufacturing and maintenance of flange connections in wind turbines and simultaneously improving the connections safety for both existing and future large wind turbines.
Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, 09/2022 – 08/2026

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Dy-Rex

Fraunhofer IWES is developing control strategies for the load management of rolling bearings in order to prevent damage to bearings through optimized operating situations.
BMWK, 02/2021 – 04/2024

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EMUwind

The project partners are working to derive new wind field models that will improve the design of large and high wind turbines and enable the revision of the current standard.
BMWK, 02/2021 – 01/2024

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EoLO-HUBs

The project partners are developing innovative methods and business models for the recycling of rotor blades. 
Horizon Europe, 01/2023 – 12/2026

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FLAMINGO

The project partners are investigating the possible use of individual pitch control (IPC) in order to identify various optimization options for wind turbines. The goal is to reduce fatigue loads and sound emissions using IPC and, at the same time, have a positive impact on power generation and optimize the wind field in the wake of wind turbines.
BMWK, 01/2020 - 06/2024

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FlettnerFLEET

The project partners are developing a scientific-technological platform for the preparation of the market penetration of Flettner rotors on different types of vessels and, in doing so, are contributing to lower-emission shipping.
BMWK, 01/2023 - 12/2025

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FlexiWind

The project partners are employing a digital twin of a real offshore wind farm to develop a strategy for flexible control. 
BMWK, 11/2022 - 10/2025

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FLOW

The project partners are developing an open-source tool for measuring the load performance and predicting the yield of wind farms in the gigawatt range and turbines with heights of up to 400 meters.  
Horizon Europe, 01/2023 - 12/2026

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Future Concept Operational Stability Rotor Blades Phase II

The aim of the project is to ensure that experimental testing of very long rotor blades remains economically viable for manufacturers. New testing procedures for the investigation of segments will offer a better understanding of critical areas and thus increase the informative value of the tests considerably.
BMWK, EFRE (Land Bremen), BMBF 01/2019 - 06/2024

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Green Hydrogen for Bremerhaven

This model project comprises the development of a hydrogen production unit and a value-added chain in Bremerhaven. The project partners ttz Bremerhaven, Hochschule Bremerhaven and Fraunhofer IWES will test applications in the logistics and transport sector as well as the food industry.
EFRE, State of Bremen, 03/2020 - 09/2023

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HAPT2

The project partners are identifying the technical requirements on roller bearings for use as rotor blade bearings in multi-megawatt wind turbines. 
BMWK, 07/2021 - 06/2024

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H2Giga

Cost-efficient huge capacities electrolyzers are required to satisfy Germany’s green hydrogen demand. Although there are already high-performance electrolyzers available on the market today, they are still largely built by hand. The H2Giga flagship project will therefore support the serial production of electrolyzers.
BMBF, 04/2021 - 03/2025

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H2GO

The project partners in the ViR technology network are developing the digital twin of a fuel cell factory as part of the H2GO project.
BMDV, 05/2022 - 11/2025

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H2HUB in Saxony-Anhalt

The project partners are establishing a knowledge transfer platform to aid the transformation of the Central German industrial region into a hydrogen economy with a wide variety of further education formats.
BMWK, 02/2023 - 01/2025

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H2Mare - offshore technology

The best conditions for generating renewable wind energy can be found at sea. The direct production of green hydrogen from wind energy in offshore turbines without a grid connection can lower the costs considerably compared with onshore generation. The H2Mare flagship project will thus investigate the offshore generation of green hydrogen and other power-to-X products.
BMBF, 04/2021-03/2025

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inVETra

The project partners are developing an innovative condition monitoring system (CMS) based on a novel sensory system.
BMWK, 09/2021 - 08/2024

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IRAV

The IRAV collaborative project is developing solutions for system gaps in the detection, classification, salvage, and disposal of hazardous waste in large marine areas, including for the construction of offshore wind farms.
BMWK, 06/2023 - 05/2025

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KIWi

The project partners improve the model-based assessment of the remaining lifetime of wind turbines using a machine learning based correction in the simulation algorithm.
BMBF, 11/2022 - 10/2025

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KliWiSt

The project partners Fraunhofer IWES and GERICS are working to determine the impact of climate change on wind potential in the next 50 years in order to derive specific recommendations for action so as to take these effects into account in wind farm yield assessments. 
BMWK, 02/2021 - 01/2024

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Leuna 100

The project partners are developing a coupled process chain of innovative individual technologies for the cost-efficient and scalable production of e-methanol.
BMDV (NOW) and coordinated by VDI/VDE, 08/2023 - 07/2026

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LogReview

The project partners are analyzing and optimizing logistics concepts for the operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms on the basis of large quantities of data.  
BMWK, 07/2021 - 06/2025

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Mobil-Grid-CoP

The Fraunhofer IWES is developing and operating a mobile grid simulator with an output of 80 megavolt-amperes (MVA) to measure the electrical properties of wind turbines and to demonstrate current and future grid system services.
BMWK, 01/2020 - 05/2024

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MOUSE

The project partners are investigating new mathematical methods of flow simulation in order to make them applicable for use in wind energy with lower computing efforts and higher accuracy.  
BMWK, 07/2022 - 06/2026

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Northern German Regulatory Sandbox

The goal of the Northern German Regulatory Sandbox (Norddeutsches Reallabor NRL) is to test the transformation path for an integrated energy system that will succeed in reducing CO2 emissions in the North by 75 percent by 2035.
BMWK, 04/2021–03/2026

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OntoHy

In the ONTOHY project, the project partners (Fraunhofer IWES and IWU) are creating a digital data and knowledge collection for the topic of hydrogen with the aim of supporting the structural change in the region of Lusatia in Eastern Germany.
BMWK, BAFA, 04/2021-03/2025

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OptiFoam

The project partners are investigating the potential of fiber-reinforced foams as an alternative to the use of balsa wood in rotor blades.
BMWK, 01/2023 - 12/2025

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OptiMUm

Fraunhofer IWES is developing novel material models for rotor blades that, with optimized blade mass, ensure reliable operation even under extreme temperature conditions.
BMWK, 04/2020 - 03/2024

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PQ4Wind

The project partners are developing and trying out a test facility for the frequency converters of multi-megawatt wind turbines with the aim of being able to validate and optimize the impact they have on grid stability.
BMWK, 12/2019 - 12/2024

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ProbPerModel

The project partners are developing a probabilistic, integrated subsoil model for subsoil investigation and assessment which will allow improved design of offshore wind turbines.
BMWK, 01/2023 - 12/2025

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ProBucket

The project partners are optimizing the multi-bucket concept as an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative for offshore wind turbine foundations. 
BMWK, 09/2020 - 08/2024

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rasant

The project partners are establishing design principles for a cargo sailing ship with alternative drives to allow greater climate protection in the shipping industry.
BMDV, 01/2023 – 06/2025

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RAVE

The RAVE research initiative has accompanied the first German offshore wind park for research purpose right from the start and linked up the projects associated with the 12 offshore turbines. The main goals of the new research project are reduction of the levelized cost of energy and riskassessment. Within "OpenRAVE" Fraunhofer IWES will continue to coordinate the research activities in the years to come and along with the public relations work.
BMWK, 02/2020 – 01/2025

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RealCoE

The project ReaLCoE aims at unleash the full potential of offshore wind energy to be in direct competition with conventional energy sources in electricity markets worldwide. Over the course of the project, the consortium will develop, install, demonstrate, operate and test a technology platform for the first prototype of a double-digit rated capacity turbine in a realistic offshore environment.
EC Horizon 2020, 05/2018 – 01/2026

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ReCoWind2

The project partners are analyzing the causes of power converter failure and developing methods for condition-based maintenance.
BMWK, 03/2023 – 02/2026

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SASACD

The project partners are developing a new measurement method to localize and determine the depth of burial of power cables in the sea floor.
BMWK, 11/2020 - 10/2023

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SeaEly

The project partners are developing and evaluating innovative stack components to produce hydrogen and oxygen from seawater and brackish water.
BMBF, 10/2022 - 09/2025

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Seismic_on_Piles

Fraunhofer IWES is currently developing a cost-effective monitoring method for the recording of time-varying subsoil parameters in the pile area of offshore wind turbines using ultrahigh-resolution 4D seismics.
BMWK, 06/2021 - 05/2024

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SmarTestBlade

The project partners are developing a method for elliptical biaxial testing of rotor blades corresponding to the requirements of a type certification.
BMWK, 04/2022 - 03/2025

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SmartRoMaIn

The project partners are developing a networked measuring system for the detection and elimination of construction deviations in the production of rotor blades.
BMWK, 01/2023 - 12/2025

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SmartWeld

The project partners are investigating the linking of lightweight construction principles and the digitalized production of offshore wind turbines with the aim of saving resources and reducing CO2 emissions. 
BMWK, 05/2021 - 04/2024

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ViBes4Wind

The project partners are developing a method for the creation of digital twins of large rolling bearings in order to improve their condition monitoring and reliability.
BMWK, 07/2022 - 12/2025

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VIPile

The project partners are developing evaluation models for vibration procedures for the installation of monopiles for offshore wind turbines.
BMWK, 08/2020 - 07/2024

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VirtGondel

The Fraunhofer IWES is developing a virtual nacelle test bench which will facilitate improved and more cost-efficient test methods for wind turbine nacelles on the full-size test bench. 
BMWK, 06/2020 - 05/2024

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Wind farm RADAR 

The wind farm RADAR project enables the use of a new technology to measure wind fields. 
BMWK, 08/2020 - 05/2025

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Wind-Lidar-Boje NG

Fraunhofer IWES is developing a next-generation floating lidar system (FLS) which satisfies industry requirements in terms of reliability and practicability.
BMWK, 02/2021 - 01/2024

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